APES UNIT II

R&B Unit 2: The World We Live In

Unit Goal: In this unit we look at the world we live in with emphasis being placed on energy movement and living organisms. The focus is on trophic levels, and the relationship of organisms to one another (symbiosis).
Chapter 4: Ecosystems and Energy

A. Content


  1. Reviews of Chemistry
  2. Bonding
  3. Organic/Inorganic Compounds
  4. Matter Quality
  5. Forms of Energy
  6. Conservation of Matter and Energy
  7. Nuclear Changes
  8. Radioactive Decay: Fission and Fusion
  9. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

B. Activities

  1. Lab: Biodiversity in Leaf Litter

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 3; outline chapter/take notes
  2. Brooks/Cole Online Quiz for Chapter 3
  3. HW#3 - 4 problems;

Chapter 5: Ecosystems and Living Organisms

A. Content

  1. Species
  2. Evolution/Adaptive Radiation/Coevolution
  3. Natural Selection
  4. Kingdoms of Life
  5. Primary and Secondary Succession
  6. Keystone Species
  7. Alien Species (non-native, exotic)
  8. Symbiosis: Mutualism, Commensalism, Parasitism
  9. Habitat fragmentation
  10. Predation
  11. Defense Mechanisms: warning coloration, mimicry
  12. Competition
  13. Ecological Niche (fundamental, realized)
  14. Habitat
  15. Limiting Factors
  16. Resource Partitioning
  17. Ecotone

B. Activities

  1. Lab: Biodiversity in Leaf Litter
  2. Lab: Natural Selection
  3. Video: "What Darwin Never Saw" - Darwin's Finches
  4. Video: "Evolution"
  5. Video: "Great Transformation"
  6. Video: "Predators"
  7. Video: "Trials of Life" - Symbiosis

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 5;
  2. Online Quiz
  3. HW#5a,5b,5c,5d;

Unit Assessment Ch. 4&5
UNIT II - Part 2
Unit Goal: This section of Unit 2 focuses on the physical aspects of our environment – the biogeochemical cycles, atmosphere, weather, climate, oceans, and plate tectonics. We also look study the world’s biomes – both land and aquatic ecosystems.

Chapter 6: Ecosystems and the Physical Environment

A. Content

  1. Gaia Hypothesis
  2. Negative feedback loop
  3. Positive feedback loop
  4. Biogeochemical Cycles
  5. Carbon Cycle
  6. Nitrogen Cycle (nitrogen fixation, etc.)
  7. Phosphorus Cycle
  8. Sulfur Cycle
  9. Hydrologic Cycle (groundwater)
  10. Solar Radiation / Albedo
  11. Layers of Atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere)
  12. Seasons of the year
  13. Winds (Halley cells)
  14. Coriolis Effect
  15. Ocean Currents
  16. El Nino, La Nina
  17. Weather/Climate
  18. Rain Shadow Effect
  19. Tornados, Tropical cyclones
  20. Plate Tectonics / Faults
  21. Volcanoes, Earthquakes
  22. Hot spots

B. Activities

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 6;
  2. Online Quiz
  3. HW#6a,6b,6c,6d;

Chapter 7: Major Ecosystems of the World

A. Content

  1. Biomes (and climate)
  2. Effect of altitude, latitude and precipitation on climate
  3. Tundra
  4. Taiga (Boreal Forests)
  5. Temperate Rain Forest
  6. Temperate DeciduousForest
  7. Grasslands
  8. Chaparral
  9. Deserts
  10. Savanna
  11. Tropical Rain Forests
  12. Aquatic Ecosystems (Freshwater and Saltwater)
  13. Flowing-Water Ecosystems (Rivers and Streams)
  14. Standing-Water Ecosystems (Lakes and Ponds)
  15. Marshes and Swamps
  16. Estuaries
  17. Marine Ecosystems

B. Activities

  1. Lab: Construct Your Own Ecosystem

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 7;
  2. Online Quiz
  3. HW#7a,7b,7c,7d;
Unit Assessment Ch. 6&7